May 20, 2013
10. People appreciate being seen and recognized, no matter what corner of the world they’re from.
9. Our list helped people understand–some for the first time–that public interest design is a truly global movement.
8. The map we used was deceiving in that it really only showed where people are based or from, not necessarily where they are working.
7. Many fewer members of our global list are on Twitter than our original domestic list.
6. Our FAQ proved helpful in explaining that the 100 individuals and teams were ordered by last name, though many people still thought and wished we had done an actual ranking.
4. People don’t like having their names misspelled, maybe even especially when being recognized.
3. Melinda & Bill Gates‘ people were inspired enough to write and thank us.
1. Prince Charles is The Prince of Wales, not Whales.
Click here to view our “Global Public Interest Design 100,” online at PublicInterestDesign.org.
May 15, 2013
Our Global Public Interest Design 100–introduced yesterday and sponsored by Autodesk–hail from 35 countries, those being Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam. And many of the individuals and teams represented are working in multiple other countries, creating a truly global reach. This is thus a first-of-its-kind global view of the field, building on our U.S.-based version of the Public Interest Design 100, released in December.
Click here to view the full Global Public Interest Design 100 or click here for an interactive version, both online at PublicInterestDesign.org. Special thanks again to our uber-talented designer, Megan Jett; web developer Jessie Canon; research associate Gilad Meron; as well as our cohort of nominators and the Curry Stone Design Prize for bringing many of these candidates to our attention.
May 14, 2013
PublicInterestDesign.org, with the generous sponsorship of Autodesk, is pleased to introduce the first-of-its-kind Global Public Interest Design 100. This special global edition builds on our inaugural Public Interest Design 100, which showcased only U.S.-based individuals and teams when it was released in December. Today, we take a broader, global look. Once again, many are architects and designers, but they are also crucial communicators, connectors, educators, and funders with no design training whatsoever. Instead, they are crucial advocates.
Lists of this sort, of course, are inherently imperfect and subjective as well as far more representative than comprehensive. But they are also useful in shining a light on unseen leaders and unheard voices. Between this list of 146 and the inaugural list of 150, nearly 300 people have been recognized–and we are certain there are many more working hard each day to make the world a better place, by design.
Click here to view the Global Public Interest Design 100 infographic, online at PublicInterestDesign.org, or click here for our interactive version. Special thanks to our uber-talented designer, Megan Jett; web developer Jessie Canon; research associate Gilad Meron; as well as our cohort of nominators and the Curry Stone Design Prize for bringing many of these candidates to our attention.
April 15, 2013
Nominations for the 2014 TED Prize are officially open between now and June 1, 2013. The $1,000,000 prize is “awarded to an extraordinary individual with a creative and bold vision to spark global change. By leveraging the TED community’s resources and investing $1,000,000 into a powerful idea, the TED Prize supports one wish to inspire the world.”
Nominate an individual–or yourself–to envision and execute a high-impact project that can spur global change. Our TED Prize winner will have an ambitious wish–and the vision, pragmatism and leadership to turn it into reality.
March 22, 2013
All Public Interest Design Week participants are being outfitted with the above tote bags, designed by Megan Jett and produced by our friends at St. Louis Style. The bags are made from 100% recycled material and are also recyclable. Inside, attendees will find the on-site program for the week, a copy of the University of Minnesota College of Design‘s Emerging publication for Spring 2013, and copy of the March 2013 issue of Architectural Record magazine, focused on “Sheltering the World.”
Click here for complete details about Public Interest Design Week, online here at PublicInterestDesign.org.
January 31, 2013
The final 18×24″ poster, due out next week to accommodate the addition of a few new sponsors, will be available for download, print-on-demand, etc. It was designed by the talented Megan Jett, our frequent design partner here at PublicInterestDesign.org.
Click here to download a full-size, low-res PDF (1mb) of the above Public Interest Design Week poster.
January 23, 2013
Registration is now open for the first-ever Public Interest Design Week–March 19-24, 2013, including the thirteenth international Structures for Inclusion conference. “PID Week,” as it has affectionately become known, will be hosted by the University of Minnesota College of Design, in conjunction with Design Corps and PublicInterestDesign.org. In chronological order, PID Week events now open for registration include:
Shelter: connect, Wednesday, March 20-Thursday, March 21, 2013
Affordable Housing Design Forum, Thursday, March 21, 2013 (Free)
Public Interest Design Institute, Thursday, March 21-Friday, March 22
Michael Kimmelman Keynote, Thursday, March 21, 2013 (Free)
Go Local Workshops, Friday, March 22, 2013 (Free)
Liz Ogbu Keynote, Friday, March 22, 2013 (Free)
Structures for Inclusion, Saturday, March 23-Sunday, March 24
Iconothon, Sunday, March 24, 2013 (Free)
Click here to register for one or more Public Interest Design Week events, including the thirteenth international Structures for Inclusion conference. Special thanks, as ever, to our generous sponsors, including Autodesk, Enterprise Community Partners, Reed Construction Data, and the University of Minnesota College of Design, with more to be announced shortly.
December 7, 2012
To round out this amazing week, here is a mostly lighthearted accounting of 10 things we learned in publishing our Public Interest Design 100 infographic:
10. People appreciate being seen and recognized, plain and simple.
9. Facebook friends and family especially like seeing people they care about celebrated.
8. People from Washington, D.C. don’t like initially (and accidentally) being left of a U.S. map. (Taxation without representation?)
7. Our amazingly talented infographic designer, Megan Jett, should (and has) quit her day job.
6. We should have explained that the 100 individuals and teams were ordered by last name, with ladies first in team listings.
5. Many people thought and wished we had done an actual ranking.
4. People don’t like having their names misspelled, maybe even especially when being recognized.
3. President Clinton’s people were inspired enough to write and thank us.
2. Many people love (and love being seen alongside) President Clinton.
1. A lot of people apparently love being associated with Brad Pitt even more.
* Tweeting out to 150 people is a full-time job. No joke.
Click here to view the “Public Interest Design 100,” online at PublicInterestDesign.org. Note: Our regular blogging will continue next week before a holiday break, potentially with a few more special surprises. Stay tuned.
November 8, 2012
Yesterday, Fast Company‘s Co.Exist publication offered up a piece and graphic slideshow, titled “Designing For More Than Just Looks: Inside Public Interest Design.” It showcases our new Autodesk Gallery exhibition as “product design and architecture that solves broader social and environmental problems.” As the title of the exhibition–Public Interest Design: Products, Places, & Processes–explains, there is a crucial third piece, beyond product design and architecture. We opted to call it “processes,” but it is more commonly known as service or systems design. A prime example is “Home for Good,” a partnership of Community Solutions, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and United Way of Los Angeles, among others.
This Los Angeles program that has the ambitious goal of ending veteran homelessness in the city by 2016. A complex action plan includes increasing communications among city agencies, providing instant criminal background checks, and offering housing search assistance–all the things that a well-designed system for helping the homeless get off the street would have had in the first place (today’s system, of course, was cobbled together over many years). Home for Good has already slashed the number of days it takes to get homeless veterans off the street, from 168 to 93 days.
Click here to read “Designing For More Than Just Looks: Inside Public Interest Design,” online at FastCoExist.com. Caption: Graphic design by Megan Jett; courtesy of Autodesk.
October 3, 2012
Many month in the making, “Public Interest Design: Products, Places, & Processes,” a special exhibition combining storytelling and design for the public good, opens tomorrow, Thursday, October 4. This special Autodesk Gallery exhibition is co-curated by our own John Cary and author Courtney E. Martin. Above is a low-res, pre-overhead-lighting-adjustment shot of a large graphic wall that’s part of the show. The graphics were designed by PublicInterestDesign.org partner Megan Jett, and they’re beautifully captured in an infographic that will debut tomorrow as well. So stay tuned.
The exhibition opening coincides with Autodesk’s second monthly “Design Night,” including music, drinks, food, and fun activities. Opening tickets may be purchased online at http://autode.sk/good. Thereafter the exhibition is expected to remain on display and travel for the next 4-5 years.
Click here to register for Design Night and the exhibition opening at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco, online at Autodesk.com.
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